Stadium move brings dangers – Bilic

4 Aug

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has admitted that moving into the London Stadium could prove to be dangerous.


West Ham: Stadium move brings dangers - BilicWest Ham: Stadium move brings dangers - Bilic

West Ham will play their first home game at the London Stadium on Thursday night as they take on NK Domzale in the second leg of their Europa League qualifier.

The Hammers must look to overturn a 2-1 deficit to reach the play-off round and need to settle into their new surroundings quickly.

Bilic believes there are so many positives associated with moving into what was formerly known as the Olympic Stadium, but admitted that it also comes with added pressure to perform.


The Croatian has called for caution and insists success is not guaranteed just because they have a new luxury home.

Bilic said: “Yes this is an opportunity for West Ham to establish themselves but as well (to think like) this is dangerous.

“I am an optimistic person but somebody has mentioned it that we experienced some bad examples of stadium moves. Fifty-two thousand season tickets sold are not going to get you a throw-in in the game. They are not going to get you a corner. They are not going to get you a point.”

He added: “The pitch is the same and you have to prove it. The stadium brings so many advantages and everybody is buzzing, blah, blah, blah. But it also has some minuses compared to Upton Park. It is up to us to use this great situation that we are privileged to be in.”

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